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    September 11, 2012
    4:30 - 5:00am EDT  

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now, again, the remembrance ceremony getting under way here at the pentagon at 9:30 this morning. now, for those who do want to come and honor those who died, you can do so later after the ceremony wraps up right around noon. they will reopen the victims memorial, and the general public will be allowed to come and pay their respects later on in the afternoon. reporting live from the pentagon, megan mcgrath, news 4-back to you in the studio. special ceremonies will also be held across the country to honor those lost. thousands will gather at the world trade center memorial site. this year no politicians will speak. only family members will read names of victims. there will be four moments of silence at the time each plane hit and each tower fell. at sunset the tribute in lights will stretch four miles into the sky inspired by the shape of the twin towers. today vice president biden will attend a memorial service at the site where flight 93 crashed near shanksville, pennsylvania.
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leon panetta was there yesterday. he took a tour and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony. that stone wall is covered with the names of the passengers and crew who died that day. you'll see a heightened security presence today on metro in montgomery county. police officers will be using a new safety tool. they're carrying devices on their belts that detect radiation. a hit caused lights to flash and a vibration or audio signal. the department recently bought 40 detectors with federal grant money. >> the type of radiation we're trying to detect is the type of radiation that would be seen as the ideal ingredient for a weapons of mass destruction, a dirty bomb, one of the ingredients that the terrorists would like to use. >> police say there is no threat against metro. but officials are just being proactive. a montgomery county police spokesperson says during the months they've used the devices, there has only been one alarm. before we go any further, i want to turn to tom kierein and get a look at the first
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forecast. tom? >> another cool and beautiful morning. >> in fact, downright chilly. some places might say it's cold. it's in the 40s. much of the region. >> that's cold in my book. >> right. we're not used to this. this is just early september. this is really a morning more like late october. all those areas you see in the blue, yes, they're in the 40s. and that includes much of virginia, western parts of virginia into west virginia, western maryland and just to our north and west of the metro area. it is in the 40s. look at elkins, west virginia, down to a cold 43 right now. reagan national is at 59. all these areas in the dark green, the 50s. that covers all the rural areas just outside the beltway, northern virginia and much of maryland around the bay eastern shore, it's in the 50s. ocean city only 52 right now. here's your forecast. for 6:00 a.m., chilly in the upper 40s, clear. crescent moon in the
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southeastern sky with jupiter up there and venus rising shortly. and low humidity the rest of the day with bright sunshine. low 70s by your lunch hour, by midafternoon coming back home from work and school will be in the mid and upper 70s. a gorgeous day coming up. i'm back in ten minutes with the hometown forecast. right now mike is in for dawnela. good morning. >> not too bad right now. no serious delays but a lot of construction. inner loop, the offramp is shut down with a project there. also have work on the outer loop at leesburg pike. south exit ramp blocked. exit ramp is shut down, inner loop and outer loop at braddock road, the entrance and exit ramps shut down. all that should be out of the way soon. we'll look at maryland construction next. >> all right, mike, thank you. a shooting happened just inside the d.c. line from maryland in the 300 block of ridge road and southeast near a rental office for d.c. public housing. police say that's where a man was shot once in the leg a
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little after 2:00 this morning. he was found by people passing by and taken to a nearby hospital. his injury is serious, but he'll survive. no arrests have been made. 4:33. today five men convicted of murder in one of the deadliest mass shootings in d.c. history will be sentenced. san kwan carter, orlando carter, jeffrey best, robert bost and lamar williams. the men carried out a series of violent crimed in march 2010 that culminated in the mass shooting which killed three and injured six. in all the men killed five and injured nine in a series of revenge attacks that prosecutors say started over stolen costume jewelry. all five face life in prison. police officers are now working with an fbi agent to help solve the murder of a 17-year-old high school student shot and killed in her own bedroom. last night police held a public meeting about the murder of amber stanley. they say her murder was not a random attack. last month masked gunmen kicked down the door of stanley's home.
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he went to her bedroom and opened fire, killing the student. amber's mother tells news 4 some people hated her daughter's success. >> no one deserves to die. definitely no one deserves to be murdered, shot the way my daughter was shot. you know, for no apparent reason, you know. i don't know if someone is envious or jealous, got the wrong person, i don't know anything, you know. i would hope that no one would intend to shoot my daughter. >> police passed out flyers reminding people of the reward up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. american express is going after gary giordano. it's suing the montgomery county man who was suspected in the death of his travel companion, robin gardner. they want to avoid the insurance policy he took out in her name before their vacation. the company claims the policy is not married because the two were not married, related or business
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partners. he insists she was swept out to sea while snorkeling. police eventually released him because of lack of evidence. a judge ordered the release of a figure skating coach accused of fondling a teenage student. 50-year-old gingrich competed in the 1988 olympics. he must now turn himself in to new york state police within 72 hours and give up his passport. he's accused of kissing and fondling a student at a competition in lake placid last year. he denies the allegations. prosecutors say a former aide to vincent gray has been so helpful in their corruption investigation that they won't ask for jail time. prosecutors said in court documents that howard brooks has provided substantial assistance and that probation and community service would be a suitable sentence. brooks pled guilty in may to lying to the fbi about making payments to fringe candidate soliman brown. he is one of three former aides to plead guilty to corruption. the democratic national convention appears to have given president obama a boost, but the race for president remains tight.
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he leads mitt romney by six points among all voters according to the latest "washington post/abc news poll. however, the president leads his republican rival by just a single point among likely voters. the convention also did little to change how voters think of obama's presidency. just 48% of them approve of his performance. 50% disapprove. just to give you a sense of how hotly contested this election is, the campaigns and outside groups have already spent more than $500 million in radio ads since march. most of the money is flowing into florida, ohio and virginia. in fact, campaigns and groups have spent more than $300 million in those three states alone. that's more than half the total spent. one of d.c.'s largest high-end shopping events kicks off today. this year's event is being held at the mazza gallery. we checked and there are still
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general admission and benefactor's tickets available. tickets range between $40 and $250. and the proceeds go to charity. that's important. it's going to the citar center this year. 4:38 is our time. ahead, kids in chicago will spend another day out of the classroom. coming up, the issue that's holding up talks in the teachers strike. plus, new criticism. why some say the utility has so much trouble restoring power. another school start to the morning but shaping up to be a day you'll want to spend outside. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein with your
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harper holding. zimmerman drives this one to nter. torres can only watch it. that's up on the batter's eye. the nationals lead, 3-0. >> there we go. the nationals' first place lead is back to 6 1/2 games. they beat the mets last night in new york, and the braves fell to the brewers, 4-1. the nats's geo gonzalez to win 19 games this season. he gave up one earned run in six innings. showing what he's got this season. it's been awesome. >> i'm awful. >> what? >> the end of the video there. you didn't notice it. 4:41 is our time. let's take a look outside. >> let's do that. it's a chilly, cool, cold in some areas. tom kierein with your first. hi, tom. >> all depends on your
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sensitivity to cold weather. for some people it's cold. other people think it's mild. some people think well, it's chilly. it's unusually certainly cooler than average. we are all the way down to just near 50 degrees now in montgomery, in fairfax counties, in the district of columbia we're in the mid and upper 50s. much of prince george's county into the mid-50s and throughout many of the rural areas we're in the 40s. hometown forecast, manassas, prince william county by 7:00 a.m., low 50s. shine through the morning. by lunch hour, should be in the mid-70s. hour by hour, sunrise 6:46 and a chilly start to the morning but mild by midday and by midafternoon, upper 70s. lots of sun with low humidity. coming back home from work and school back down to the mid-70s. a look at your seven-day outlook in ten minutes. a look at traffic with mike. >> good morning, tom. things looking great. no reports of any serious backups. very good on the beltway in maryland.
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we had some earlier construction on the inner loop at university that has been taken out of the way. no serious residual delays there. 270 south heading to the beltway looking fantastic. things are moving at speed right now. and let's take a live look. here we are 270 in gaithersburg, southbound side, left side of your screen, no serious delay there. aaron, back to you. 4:43. still to come, new developments in the fight to keep metro running during the nationals' upcoming playoff run. plus why hackers targeted a
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15 before the hour. once again, more than 25,000 teachers in chicago will hit the picket line walking out on more than 400,000 students. the chicago teachers union and the school board still have not been able to agree on a new
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contract. there is an impasse concerning new renoforms that link new teacher evaluations with standardized test results in exchange for a 16% raise over four years. the two sides cannot agree on health benefits, pensions and job security. a lot of parents just want the issue resolved so their kids can go back to school. >> education is important. and my child is not in school getting the education she needs, you know, what -- it's just -- it's just irritating right now. >> several boys and girls clubs opened early for students. the union is taking a major stand on teacher evaluations. if they lose, it could have a ripple effect across the country. defense second leon panetta is defending the government's response to a book detailing the mission that killed osama bin laden. panetta says the book "no easy day" could set a dangerous precedent and jeopardize future top-secret missions. the pentagon says it's reviewing the book where a navy s.e.a.l. wrote to determine what
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classified information is in it. the defense department says it may press charges against him. this morning the web-hosting site godaddy.com is back up and running. someone hacked the web host yesterday, taking down millions of internet sites it serves. an anonymous hacker is taking responsibility for the attack. the hacker says they picked on godaddy to test its cybersecurity. godaddy says it will provide more information on the cyber attack today. the naacp now calling for a federal investigation of the laurel police department. this stems from this cell phone video that appears to show an officer punching or slapping a man in handcuffs last month. leaders with the prince george's county chapter of the naacp say it shows possible police brutality, and they want the justice department to step in. they also want a federal probe into what they call racial profiling and discrimination and hiring. the officer in that video is currently on administrative duty. a jury found the teen guilty of killing a catholic university graduate student. the jury convicted eric foreman
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of first-degree premeditated murder in the death. the man was gunned down while riding his bike in sherman circle in 2010. forman was 16 at the time. he could face life in prison without parole. his sentencing set for november 16th. a 17-year-old boy shot in a cafeteria on the first day of school in baltimore is finally home. daniel was shot last month at perry hall high school. he left the hospital yesterday after spending two weeks in the hospital. he has down syndrome and suffered a bruised lung, fractured rib and a hole in his torso. the accused gunman is being charged as an adult with attempted murder and assault. this morning a family is mourning the loss of a 2-year-old boy who apparently drowned in a backyard pool. chopper 4 flew over the scene yesterday morning in the 17000 block of sandy knoll drive. police say a neighbor was performing cpr on the child when they arrived. the boy was two months short of his third birthday. he was at home with a caretaker at the time.
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police are trying to figure out how he got into the pool. montgomery county says pepco does not have enough crews to keep up with frequent power outages. according to "the washington examiner," that's what the office of consumer protection said in a filing with the maryland public service commission. the filing criticizes pepco's performance after june's derecho. this morning loudon county health officials say they are against ground spraying for ticks around playgrounds and athletic fields. the lyme disease area to kill ticks. last night the finance committee of the county health department advised against it. the board of supervisors could still decide to treat those areas. some parents are concerned about the use of chemicals, but the commission says there is low risk. if the nationals make the postseason and you take metro to one of the games, you may be on your own getting home.
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the team, the transit agency and the government still don't have a deal on who would pay to keep metro running if the games run late. it costs about $30,000 an hour to keep metro open after its usual closing time. major league baseball is now pressuring everyone to reach an agreement soon. traffic near dupont circle is bad enough, but it could be about to get even worse. we expect ddot to begin repairs on new hampshire avenue between h street and dupont circle. at least one lane will get through at all times but parking will be limited. the project will take about a year and a half to complete, and that area is already so jam packed and congested. >> in a couple of years this city is going to be amazing. the roads are going to be smooth. it's going to be gorgeous. >> i hope you're right. >> it's a mess right now, though. >> just some parts. coming up on 4:51. tom kierein is here with a look at a forecast we can at least be happy about. >> it's really going to be something when they get finished, right? >> can't wait. getting there is so hard.
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>> good morning. it's a sweater weather start to this day. we are starting off this morning with temperatures in many locations in the 40s. and there is the washington monument under a clear sky this morning. jefferson memorial there just to the right. 59 at reagan national. dew point, it is a comfortably dry 49. and the wind is coming in out of the north only around five miles an hour. and thanks to this high-pressure pushing in, it's a huge area of high pressure from the midwest all the way to new england and the mid-atlantic states. we're right in the middle of it right here. and temperatures are down into the 40s. all these areas you see in the light blue. that includes our northern suburbs, some of the western suburbs, too, but especially the panhandle of west virginia, western maryland, most of the shenandoah valley and into much of west virginia. it's just in the low to mid-40s right now. while in the nearby suburbs in montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's county, generally just in the low 50s.
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low 50s on the eastern shore as well as northern neck and around virginia tidewater. morning commute, sunrise, 6:46. a bright and sunny morning. we'll have the chill in the air, though, all the way until about 9:00. then we'll rapidly warm up after that. but we'll be in the 40s and low 50s for the next several hours. then by noontime, upper 60s, low 70s. just perfect for an alfresco lunch, having your lunch outside this afternoon. low humidity in place. and for the afternoon commute, back home from work and school, we'll have a sunny afternoon with low humidity. upper 70s midafternoon. back down to the low 70s by early evening. and then not quite as chilly tomorrow morning. but another cool start, down to the 50s. low to mid-50s starting off wednesday morning. average high is 81. average low, 64. so we'll have near average highs on wednesday, thursday, friday. but morning lows will be cooler than average generally. as we get toward the weekend, there's going to be an area of low pressure, a little front coming our way, increasing
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clouds on saturday with a high near 80. looks like still the chance of showers saturday evening and off and on on sunday. drying out monday. highs near 80 each day. i'm back in ten minutes. and mike is here with our first 4 traffic. good morning, mike. >> good morning. things looking great on the beltway. no serious delays on the inner loop or outer loop. 95 in virginia, had construction northbound near garrisonville road in the clearing stage. let's take a live look south of weigh station. no serious backup. about a 23 minute road on northbound 95 to the beltway. and after that 395 is looking good all the way to the 14th street bridge. it will take you about 12 minutes at 60 miles an hour to get there. we'll look at mass transit next. aaron? back to you. >> mike, thank you. we are learning about a northern virginia man who competed in the nation's triathlon using capital bike share. jefferson smith of falls church competed in the triathlon over the weekend. he says he's more of a swimmer but a friend convinced him to do it. and when he didn't have a fancy road bike, well, he took another
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approach. >> wow. >> just kind of ran out of time. i didn't get a bike in time. i figured if i'm going to get a bike, i'll spend a decent amount of money to get a decent money, and i ran out of time. so i figured, well, just try the capital bike here and see if it works. i thought it looked like a fun thing to do. >> it works. smith says he did the triathlon to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society. officials with capital bike share were so excited about smith completing it that they are going to refund his costs. >> bikes are pretty sturdy. living up to that. all right. good for him. you know, there was tebowing. that was last year. if you want to be cool this year, you've got to get into griffining. >> that's right. it's the new trend named after redskins quarterback robert griffin iii. the internet phenomenon took off just hours after this image. rg3's historic image sunday. all you have to do is put your arms up in the air like he did after throwing that touchdown pass. people have been tweeting pictures of themselves griffining all week. >> got to work on the form for
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some folks. >> it's a little wider than just the typical arm formation. >> i didn't see it. because if you look at closely at the photo of him doing it, he clearly -- well, there you go. >> it's a little wider in the arms. >> yeah. >> right? >> and it's obviously -- >> what? >> he's pointing to the heavens, to god, thanking god for the play. >> there you go. five minutes before the top of the hour. a police officer under fire. coming up at 5:15, what new video is revealing about the deadly attack at a sikh temple. first, why apple's new
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and why you won't get stuck with a pocket full of pennies if you shop at one sporting goods store. welcome back. 4:58. buying an iphone could do more than give you bragging rights. it could also be helping the economy. jpmorgan says the expected release of the new smartphone tomorrow could ultimately raise the country's gross domestic quarter. leave it to apple to do something like that. that's pretty significant considering gdp is projected to be around 2% in 2013. jpmorgan came up with the numbers by estimating that apple will sell 8 million iphone 5s in the next three months at the price of $600. leave it to apple. my goodness. and the thing is, people can't wait to get their hands on the $600 gadget. >> i'm not in that group.
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>> me neither. >> i'm going to keep my phone until it's dead. >> i can't even figure mine out yet. you'll save a pretty penny by paying with cash at one vermont sporting goods store. >> that's because the store is doing away with pennies. power play sports now rounds its change to the nearest nickel in customers' favor. it says it wants to show the government that it should stop production of the one cent pieces which cost nearly 2 1/2 times more to produce than they're worth. the idea has sparked a debate in that community. >> the vast majority of what we do is electronic transactions. so you can still have electronic transactions to the penny. >> we survive on the nickels and dimes and pennies. >> hmm. well, you still have to pay full price at the store if you pay with a check or a credit card, though. >> that's an interesting debate. and concept. >> it is. we'll see. stay with us.

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